EternaBond RV tape is what duct tape has always wished it could be. Along with zip ties, and spare fuses, EternaBond tape is one of those items that no RVer should be without. EternaBond is one of those rarities that can sometimes be a temporary band-aid fix. It might actually be the surgical sutures that fix your problem once and for all.
EternaBond is a super adhesive tape that RVers use to patch roof holes, seal seams, repair damaged plastics. It even stops hard-to-fix leaks in fresh, gray, and black tanks. Keep in mind though, that as the name implies, the adhesive is permanent. The tape will be with you through most of eternity. You can use this as a temporary roadside repair. You should plan to either replace the surface that you repaired or live with your potentially unsightly roadside fix forever.
The makers of EternaBond have had enough experience with RV repairs. They have developed an impressive amount of documentation to instruct users how to correctly apply the tape. This isn’t like some products where your only resource is to go to YouTube and cross your fingers that someone else has made a decent video. No, the folks at EternaBond have provided a fully stocked library of articles. They cover an assortment of scenarios and their appropriate solutions.
One page shows the basics for five different joint scenarios, plus window frames and corner joints. For example, they explain how flat butt joints can simply be joined with a two-inch width of tape spanning the length of the joint (with no less than one inch on each side). Compare that to joints with a gap in the center. You need to first seal the gap with non-solvent based caulk before taping the joint with four-inch wide tape.
The common denominator in all of the scenarios that they cover is that you must first thoroughly clean and sometimes prime the surface area before applying the tape. However, many users have reported success in patching hard to reach areas like the tops of holding tanks. They just slapped on a piece of EternaBond tape despite the road grime that can’t be reached atop the tank. These “temporary” fixes are cheaper than dropping the tanks and have been known to last for months or years. However, the proper technique for patching a tank is to drill a hole on both ends of the crack to prevent the crack from growing, and then clean the surface and apply the tape.
Before you apply your EternaBond though, plan to spend some time browsing their Installation Instructions to find the solution that’s appropriate for your application. And if you purchase some EternaBond “just in case” (highly recommended), take some time to browse those pages anyway so you can familiarize yourself with the processes. You will spend less time on the roadside reading the paper instructions.
EternaBond uses a patented “MicroSealant” that’s designed to stop non-pressurized leaks and adhere permanently to surfaces. The result is a waterproof and airtight sealant that doesn’t dry out in the sun. It doesn’t shrink back to reveal holes, cracks, or gaps.
Their product line includes a variety of RV tape types in different width rolls or flat pieces. They also offer kits that include primer sprays, caulks, and steel rollers to maximize contact with your RV’s surfaces.
Their tapes vary in sizes from 2” to 48”, and each of them come with the same UV protected backing. In addition, they have an incredible ten-year warranty. And unlike the as-seen-on-TV products that laughably claim to waterproof a rowboat, EternaBond has an unparalleled record of reliable products and dependable service. It’s no surprise that the EternaBond name is so respected in the RV community.
- Ideal for use in sunny environments
- Simple installation only requires some surface preparation before use
So when should you turn to EternaBond RV tapes? The sad reality is that most of us have watched RVers do something dumb or we’ve even done it ourselves. Whether we forgot to lower the bathroom vent and cracked it on a tree limb or something fell on the roof and damaged the membrane, nobody wants to cut their trips short for repairs. We also can’t risk additional damage from water intrusions.
Eternabond is perfect for these emergency repairs to stop roof leaks or reattach fenders or siding. Cracks and holes are no match for the magic of EternaBond tape.
Are there any drawbacks to using EternaBond tape? First, as previously mentioned, the adhesives in EternaBond tape are intended to last permanently. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to remove it. It won’t be easy and it won’t be pretty if you take it off. And even if you apply it perfectly and don’t ever remove it, a patch of tape isn’t an attractive long-term fix. This won’t matter if you patch a tank under your coach’s belly or patch the roof that nobody can see. A patch to your RV’s body plastics will never look right and the plastics should be replaced once you return home.
Hopefully, you’ll never need to repair holes or leaks on your RV. If and when you do, find the right EternaBond product from Amazon. Quickly patch the damage and get back on the road. Keeping your roof sealed properly could prevent unwanted emergencies.
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